Free piano music for beginners Wabash Cannonball is a fun easy solo or duet. This printable kids sheet music comes with a Primo and Secondo part, and the lyrics to Wabash Cannonball.
Here is a great version of Marty Robbins singing Wabash Cannonball:
I always like to introduce students to a chord progression called "The Twelve-Bar Blues" before we do Wabash Cannonball, and then this song is a snap. (I'll share our versions of the 12-bar blues by-and-by.) I suggest you get them going on the LH first, then add the full RH triads after the LH is easy.
In the Primo, the two hands share Middle C, and it doesn't really matter which finger plays the C. The lyrics I have used here claim to be public domain (www.arlo.net)... I have placed the chorus first as the melody fits the words of the chorus perfectly. (To be a duet, the melody or Primo part must be played UP an octave.)
I call these easy pieces in Middle C position "notereader songs", and I frequently give them even to older students and especially transfer students who aren't used to playing chords.
In Wabash Cannonball, the Secondo chords sound full and vigorous, but they are easy to play once a beginner can make triads in the RH (right hand) and can do the LH open chord with the moving thumb ("boogie chords" at my studio). I takes a little bit of practice to get the coordination down, and to jump to the new chord positions fast enough.
But it's fun! This is the kind of piece brothers and sisters will play at home on their own, just because the contagious energy of the bass part (the secondo) is irresistable.
Wabash Cannonball makes an energetic recital piece, easily playable by most first-year students!
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